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Bugatti's Design Director Achim Anscheidt picks his six favorite models

The Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport is just one of brand Design Director Achim Annscheidt's favorite Bugattis.

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Achim Anscheidt has been Design Director at Bugatti since 2004, helping to shape the brand into the sleekly styled horsepower-house it is today. Under his direction, names like Veyron, Chiron, and Divo have made their mark. Which vehicles have left the biggest impression on him?

Anscheidt recently divulged his favorites from the lineup during his tenure.

Veyron 16.4 Pur Sang (2007)

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"Looking back on the Veyron Pur Sang is like remembering the birth of your first child. You never forget such an emotional event," said Anscheidt.

"I still remember exactly how I walked through the workshop in Molsheim for the first time and how awestruck I was by the technology of the Veyron. I was immensely impressed by its technical material concept. The carbon monocoque with add-on parts for aluminum front and rear frames fascinated me. I was inspired by the beauty of it," said Anscheidt.

Description by Bugatti: "Like discovering a person's charm, their personality. This is what the designer wanted to project in order to create a new and different perception. Instead of using two different colors, the Pur Sang contrasts carbon and aluminum – the combination of these two materials being a first in automotive engineering. In order to highlight the technical beauty of the materials, Bugatti decided against a paint finish and reinterpreted the classic Bugatti two-tone design element in a spectacular new way. The carbon outer skin encloses the W16 engine and vehicle interior, while the light reflection of the aluminum paneling highlights the contours of the Veyron. The Pur Sang marked the beginning of Bugatti's range of special editions and customization program. The Veyron 16.4 Pur Sang was limited to just five units and sold out within just 45 minutes during the IAA in Frankfurt in 2007."

Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport (2010)

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"A very special car for me is and will always be the Veyron Super Sport, which we unveiled in 2010. It was the first time that we in the design department had applied the 'form follows performance' approach so systematically," said Anscheidt.

Description by Bugatti: "Because in order to achieve our goal of breaking the world speed record for series production cars, we had to optimize the aerodynamics. A flat, elongated silhouette provides a streamlining effect, while two NACA ducts incorporated in the roof supply the powerful engine with air. Something that even many Bugatti enthusiasts still do not know to this day is that details of the roof are based on an early pre-design of the Bugatti EB110 SS, the super sports car of the 1990s.

"The engine has an output of 1,200 PS, enabling the car to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.5 seconds and to reach a top speed of 415 km/h. Under the strict conditions of Guinness World Records, the world record-breaking car achieved an average top speed of 431.072 km/h, thereby becoming the world's fastest production super sports car. "During one of the high-speed laps on the test track in Ehra-Lessien, I was standing around 10 meters from the track when the Super Sport whizzed past. That was absolutely incredible. It's something I'll never forget," says Achim Anscheidt. Bugatti put the Veyron 16.4 Super Sport on the market in July 2010. The first five "World Record Edition" models sold out immediately."

Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport L’Or Blanc (2011)

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"With the L'Or Blanc, we created an extraordinary car," said Anscheidt. The idea for the car even has its own story: from early 2011, there was a desire at Bugatti to create a one-off, an art car. "I was rather skeptical of this idea at first, as I by no means wanted to emulate automotive works of art such as those by Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, Frank Stella or Roy Lichtenstein."

Description by Bugatti: "An extraordinarily interesting car was created in the summer of 2011 in collaboration with the Royal Porcelain Factory (KPM) in Berlin. The Grand Sport L'Or Blanc is one of a kind, featuring high-quality porcelain both on and inside the car – again a first in the automotive industry – and a striking, artistically abstract paint scheme.

"The designers ... captured the magic of these reflections by precisely applying blue strips of tape made of Japanese tissue paper onto a white painted Veyron. The team repeatedly surveyed their work, adjusting the proportions of the strips to the intervening spaces. Finally, the lines stretched over the surface of the Veyron like a network of light reflections.

"What emerged was the combination of a beautiful, fragile material and a vehicle of high technical complexity. The L'Or Blanc ('white gold') became the fastest porcelain in the world. Paint specialists replaced the applied lines with a royal Dark Blue paint by hand, millimeter by millimeter. The one-of-a-kind car was sold to a collector."

Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse (2012)

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"What makes the Grand Sport Vitesse so special for me? Initially we as designers were criticized for the Vitesse not looking powerful enough as a roadster," said Anscheidt. "But our customers appreciate the fact that it looks like a coupé when the roof is closed. And when the roof is open, they can enjoy the inimitable feel of a roadster."

Description by Bugatti: "With 1,200 PS. In 2013, the Grand Sport Vitesse set a new speed record for open-top sports cars, with an officially recorded speed of 408.84 km/h. The World Record Car (WRC) Edition of the Vitesse was limited to eight cars. They sold out immediately. Out of a total of 150 roadster models, 92 Vitesse cars were produced at the headquarters in Molsheim – to this day the only open-top Bugatti hyper sports cars of the modern era."

Veyron Grand Sport Venet (2012)

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"Developing a car with a famous artist who is in no way connected to car design can be a tricky undertaking. With Bernar Venet, it was a creative process from start to finish. It was fascinating and impressive to be able to witness how he works and how he creates large-scale sculptures. We worked closely together, and ultimately created something truly beyond compare," said Anscheidt.

Description by Bugatti: "Another one-of-a-kind and an incomparable work of art was created in collaboration with the French artist and sculptor Bernar Venet. With the eponymous Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport, Bugatti created a true art object that combines mesmerizing surface design with interior design inspired by haute couture.

"The only matter on which Anscheidt and Bernar Venet did not initially agree was Venet's idea to paint the Veyron in a color gradient from orange to brown, starting from an early stage of rusting iron all the way to heavy, brown rust.

"Together they considered how they could portray this transformation using a different concept. Bernar Venet's enthusiasm for numbers and mathematics provided new inspiration: to depict the technical formulae used to calculate the power of the W16 engine and speed on the bodywork of the Veyron as a color gradient. The formulae radiate like an explosion from the front, over the wings and across the flanks. The rust-like color scheme of the numbers, which can also be seen in the interior, makes reference to a series of successful sculptures by Venet.

"The Grand Sport Venet was presented to the world in December 2012 in the Rubell Family Collection during Art Basel Miami Beach and now belongs to a private collection."

"Les Légendes de Bugatti" – Ettore Bugatti (2014)

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"We hope that one day, perhaps even at the Concours d'Elegance in Pebble Beach, the grandchildren of the current owners will sit inside the Ettore Bugatti Legend car and begin to reflect on the beauty of the materials, their aesthetic appeal, and the fact that this car offers value and quality beyond the normal lifespan of an automobile. That is precisely what a Bugatti is, and what it will always embody," said Anscheidt.

Description by Bugatti: "Achim Anscheidt has always been impressed by the Legends edition cars of Jean-Pierre Wimille, Jean Bugatti, Meo Costantini, Rembrandt Bugatti, Black Bess and, above all, Ettore Bugatti, all of which belong to the special edition 'Les Légendes de Bugatti.'

"With bodywork consisting of dark blue exposed carbon and hand-polished aluminum, and an interior featuring soft, natural cordovan leather, the sixth and final edition of the model range based on the Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse is spectacular. All 18 units of the six-part edition sold out immediately."

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The Nissan Qashqai has been redesigned for the 2022 model year.

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The 2022 Nissan Qashqai has been revealed with Rogue-like looks and a well-appointed interior. Its new design brings it in line with the Nissan Rogue and upcoming Nissan Ariya, a natural progression for the brand.

The new 2022 Qashqai is built on the same Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance platform as the recently redesigned 2021 Nissan Rogue and just-debuted 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander. The new architecture has allowed for a longer wheelbase, which increases the overall length of the car by 35 millimeters. Width has expanded by about the same and the car is now 25 millimeters taller.

Those changes meant that rear seat occupants get 28 millimeters more legroom while all occupants can enjoy and extra 15 millimeters of headroom. Additionally, forward, side, and rear visibility has been enhanced thanks to a wider windscreen, thinner pillar design, and side mirrors that are mounted on the door rather than the body.

2022 Nissan Qashqai: Exterior

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Now in its third generation, the lead design team from Nissan's European Design Studio int the U.K. set out to make the Qashqai more "muscular, sharp, and modern". Its front end has a fresh interpretation of Nissan's V-Motion grille, finished in chrome with a secondary pinstripe of satin chrome. Thin LED headlights and boomerang signature daytime running lights bring home the Qashqai-Rogue family connection.

Curiously, the Qashqai sports Nissan's old logo, though the car's rear badging is similar to the new Rogue and Pathfinder's.

Globally, Nissan will offer the Qashqai with two- or all-wheel drive thanks to its new E-Power system. The company's design team is giving the Qashqai 20-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels for the first time, but it's only available on all-wheel drive models. Front-wheel drive versions of the crossover get 19-inches, maximum.

The company will offer the model in 11 body colors and five two-tone combinations, a palette lineup that is similar to what is being offered on the redesigned 2022 Nissan Pathfinder.

The 2022 Qashqai's rear doors now open to 85 degrees, allowing for easier ingress and egress, as well as the ability to comfortably move a car seat in and out, and giving parents easier access to children and packages that occupy the rear seat.


2022 Nissan Qashqai: Interior

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Nissan has given the Qashqai a 9-inch infotainment touch screen with Android Auto and wireless Apple CarPlay compatibility. Navigation is available. Drivers can link the vehicles to Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.

In front of the driver is the same 12.3-inch fully-digital display that has already been seen in the Rogue and Pathfinder. The switch to control the screen is located on the steering wheel and has been given special attention for its feel to the fingers. A 10.8-inch head-up display, the biggest in the Qashqai's segment, is available and able to project navigation, driver assistance, and road information.

Owners can connect to their new Nissan via the NissanConnect Services smartphone app. Users can utilize various vehicle control functions including remote horn and lights, and door lock/unlock. Smart alerts can also be set including speed, time and zone with app notifications should the vehicle exceed the set parameters.

The car comes with front and rear USB-A and USB-C charging ports.

The Qashqai is available with a hands-free power liftgate, which, when opened, gives owners access to over 50-liters more cargo space than the previous generation. This increase can be attributed to the new architecture as well as an improved suspension, which allows the car's cargo floor to be lowered by 20 millimeters. The car's Flexible Luggage Board System has been carried over.

Nissan is equipping the model with the next generation of its ProPilot Assist hands-on driver assist and safety technology. This system is the same as in the U.S. version of the Rogue and uses navigation to help aid drivers who are using the system to predict traffic and road conditions ahead. It's only available on models with a continuously variable transmission (CVT).

Powertrain Information for the Qashqai, if it indeed goes on sale in the U.S., is likely forthcoming. Global models get a turbocharged 1.3-liter that's a carryover from the previous generation. That engine never made it to America, however. Instead the 2021 Rogue Sport has a 2.0-liter four-cylinder under the hood.

The U.S. got a late start with the Nissan Qashqai, known as the Rogue Sport in America. Even still, the model remains relatively popular with customers making up a significant portion of the Rogue line's total sales. The U.S. may get a late start on the new generation Qashqai as well.

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The custom Bugatti Chiron Sport 'Alice' was sold to a customer via a dealer in England.

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All Bugatti customers are able to customize their new car. The list of custom specification possibilities is nearly endless. One client recently pushed the company's Atelier team further than usual with a unique ask.

A husband ordered a Bugatti Chiron Sport for his wife via H.R. Owen Bugatti in England. The buyer worked with H.R. Owen staff on the initial order then traveled with their sales team to the luxury brand's headquarters in Molsheim, France, where Bugatti was founded more than 110 years ago in 1909, for final decisions.

The designers at the Atelier in Molsheim got to work crafting a vehicle that is tailored to the buyer's creative wishes. That started with the exterior. The unique visage, which is finished in Matt Blanc and Silk Rosé, a new color Bugatti designed specifically for the car. It extends from the outer shell and lower body trim to the alloy wheels.

Bugatti Chiron Sport 'Alice'

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This unique 'Alice' car features a two-tone paint job and one-of-a-kind interior.

The color continues to the Chiron Sport1's interior where a mix of leather and Alcantara materials finished in Gris Rafale with the car's name stitched on the Comfort-spec headrest: 'Alice'. The words 'Chiron Sport' are stitched elsewhere in the cabin. The custom 'Alice' logo is also featured on the car's door sills, finished in aluminum and shown in Silk Rosé.

"This is a truly unique Bugatti model, that will always be remembered as a real one-of-a-kind car," said Ken Choo, CEO of H.R. Owen. "We are honored to have played an important part in connecting our customer with this incredible Chiron Sport. The customer came to us with a vision of how they wanted their new Bugatti to look, and we are delighted that the depth and scale of Bugatti's extensive accessories and options catalogue allows for even the most ambitious of designs to be realized. It is incredible to see every Bugatti made in a different way, with the new owner getting chance to stamp their own personal taste on their new car."

The Chiron Sport is different than the Chiron though it may look mostly the same on the outside. It's the Bugatti version of the ultimate supercar offering a firmer chassis and delivering sharper handling and impressive agility. The car is constructed using performance-orientated lightweight ocmponents that are deigned to not impugne on the car's luxury level character. The Chiron Sport is powered by Bugatti's 8.0-liter W16 engine.

The cost? 2.65 million euros ($3.196 million USD).

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